A Few Reasons Why Your Windshield Wipers are Squeaking

When you drive with your music so loud it’s like you’re having a mini-concert in your car, it’s easy to miss sounds your car might be making. This is especially true when it comes to your windshield wipers. The sound usually starts off small but can grow in volume the longer the problem is left unaddressed. But, you may find yourself asking why your windshield wipers are squeaking in the first place, even if there is plenty of moisture present on your windshield. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why your windshield wipers are making funky sounds…

Poor Installation

When getting new windshield wipers installed, you stand the chance of them being implemented out of alignment. To further explain, windshield wipers should be positioned in a way where they prevent air pockets between the blades and glass. When not properly positioned, you stand a high chance of hearing a squeak every time the blades are in motion due to air getting trapped.

Dirty Glass

If you allow enough dirt to accumulate on your windshield, it can prevent your wiper blades from moving smoothly back and forth across the glass. If enough grime is left untended for too long, you risk the chance of chipping your glass due to the friction on your windshield. You should hear the noises your windshield wipers are making long before it gets to that place, however.

Abuse

If you find yourself using your windshield wipers a lot, know that they can become brittle with too much use. The same applies when you use them too little, as well. Brittle blades tend to squeak, so it’s best to use your wipers appropriately. For example, if you have your windshield wipers set to the highest setting when it’s simply sprinkling out then you’re going to wear them out quickly. Use the low setting for light rain and the high setting for downpours, and you’ll find your windshield wipers will have a longer lifespan.

 

These are a few of the reasons why your windshield wipers might start squeaking on you. Pay attention to wiper blade health because you don’t want them conking out on you when you need them most. For all of your auto glass and auto glass accessory needs, get in touch with our team at AllStar Windshield Centers!